Origin uncertain; perhaps from .
A common claim that the word derives from , is not supported by evidence (the word was in use at least half a century before Gaudí was born).
very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
* 1813 , , Pride and Prejudice
- Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy .
* 1887 , Homer Greene, Burnham Breaker
- The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
* 2005 , Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, "How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring", The Observer , 9 January 2005
- A large gaudy , flowing cravat, and an ill-used silk hat, set well back on the wearer's head, completed this somewhat noticeable costume.
(obsolete) gay; merry; festive
- Gaudy jewellery might offend some people's sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today's craze for bling-bling.
- Let's have one other gaudy night.
- And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...
* (excessively showy) tawdry, flashy, garish, kitschy
* gaudy night
One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
From Latin gaudium "joy".
A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
Abbreviation of cockatoo; used when pretending to talk to such a bird, as in "hello cocky" .
* 2005 August 5, The World Today: Town seeks environmental accreditation , radio programme,
(Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A cockatoo farmer.
* 1907 , , Human Toll ,
- Visit the local store at Coles Bay and you?re greeted by a talking cocky called Jim.
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* 1946 , , My Career Goes Bung ,
- ‘We camped one evening at Narrangidgery Creek, close b? a cocky ?s ?umstead.’
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* 2001 November 19, Shelley Horton, Media Dimensions: Episode 15 , TV programme,
- Burrawong was one of the larger stations in which much of the good land of the district was locked. The cockies usually had to follow the main road, but since the drought the owners had opened one of their permanent water-holes so that the poorer settlers could cart water to their homesteads.
* 2010 , Jackie French, A Waltz for Matilda ,
- And stories in the bush may not seem relevant in the big smoke, but try telling that to a cocky .
(New Zealand, informal) A sheep farmer.
- Now — well, Moura was scarcely Drinkwater, but it was more than just a cocky farm too.
* (farmer) In both Australia and New Zealand, forms such as sheep cocky'' (sheep farmer) and ''cow cocky'' (dairy farmer) exist. In New Zealand, ''cocky'' is often synonymous with ''sheep cocky , due to the relative importance of the industry.
* (bird) birdie
* (farmer) crofter; see also farmer
(farmer) boss cocky, cocky's joy
Overly confident, arrogant and boastful.
* 1881 November 29, Sir Ernest Mason Satow, Letter to William George Aston'', 2008, Sir Ernest Mason Satow, Ian Ruxton (editor), ''Sir Ernest Satow's Private Letters to W.G. Aston and F.V. Dickins: The Correspondence of a Pioneer Japanologist from 1870 to 1918 ,
* 2008 , Gerard Thomas, Nightwarrior Chronicles: All Girls? Team ,
- Hodges has made a great fool of himself, by getting gradually cockier' and ' cockier .
* 2011 , Melanie Harvey, Indispensable Friendship & Death Collide ,
- The confidence that was temporarily humbled now returned with a cockier attitude.
- You smiling your oh-so-perfect smile and me with the biggest, cockiest' grin on my face you can ever imagine. I would have been the ' cockiest man alive that night knowing you were going home with me.
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